A 20 year old man is facing jail after brutally beating his pet dog is wanted by police after he was released from prison ‘in error’. Shocking footage shows Jordan Smith kicking and punching his Staffordshire Bull Terrier in his own yard as part of a three-month campaign of abuse. The horrific attacks were witnessed by his neighbours in Heywood, who caught some of the shocking violence on camera.
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Smith, of Middleton Road, was told at a hearing in February he could go to prison after admitting a charge of causing the animal unnecessary suffering.But he is now ‘unlawfully at large’ after failing to turn up for sentencing at Bury magistrates on Thursday. Smith’s solicitor Steve Connor told the court his client had been in prison until the morning of the hearing, but was released ‘in error’ from Forest Bank. He failed to appear in custody as a result.
When the alleged blunder was discovered, Mr Connor telephoned Smith, who promised to be at court ‘for 12.30pm’ - but never appeared. Mr Connor admitted it was a situation he had ‘never come across before’.Prosecuting, Tim Chapman added: “There is an investigation ongoing as to how he has come to be released.”